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Needle exchange Is allowed after HIV outbreak in an Indiana county

An outbreak of HIV in southeastern Indiana prompted the governor on Thursday to declare a public health emergency as officials worked to stop the spread of the virus that causes AIDS. The governor authorized a short-term exchange program that would provide drug users with access to sterile needles so that contaminated needles were less likely to be shared. Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, has long opposed such programs. But he said that the outbreak, which was first identified in late January, had reached epidemic proportions, justifying the action. “This is all hands on deck,” Mr. Pence said. “This is a very serious situation.”

Published
28 March 2015
From
New York Times
UNAIDS holds virtual consultation for its 2016–2021 Strategy

UNAIDS is holding its first round of virtual consultations to develop its 2016–2021 Strategy. From 23 March to 2 April, the consultation process will be open to everyone to share information, ideas and experiences on how to accelerate rights-based, evidence-informed action to Fast-Track the AIDS response.

Published
26 March 2015
From
UNAIDS
More people in the UK are starting HIV treatment early, in order to reduce their risk of transmission

There is evidence of increasing interest in HIV treatment as prevention among people living with HIV in the UK, with the number of people starting treatment at

Published
25 March 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Canada: PrEP use now could save considerable sums in the future

A Canadian paper that weighs the cost of using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infections against the lifetime total cost of one HIV infection finds that,

Published
20 March 2015
By
Gus Cairns
England government unveils £650k in new HIV spending

The English Government has revealed that £800,000 of new money will be spent on HIV prevention, and to reduce the numbers of late diagnoses. A new £500,000 innovation fund was unveiled, which has been administered by Public Health England (PHE), and will allow small organisations to bid for funding of up to £50,000.

Published
13 March 2015
From
Pink News
London HIV Prevention Contract awarded to GMI Partnership & NHS Freedoms Shop

The leading London HIV Prevention provider GMI Partnership led by METRO Charity with Positive East and West London Gay Men's Project and working with NHS Freedoms Shop has been awarded just under £1 million over two years to continue to provide outreach and condom distribution across London to gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

Published
03 March 2015
From
Metro Centre press release
Are women PrePared?

Can PreP just be provided to men who have sex with men in the UK? What about others? What about other vulnerable populations, such as black women and migrants? What about trans women? All the data we have here in the UK is about men who have sex with men, and this worries me.

Published
02 March 2015
From
Speaking Up! (blog)
New Zealand: Caution urged on new HIV prevention info

The NZ AIDS Foundation is advising a very cautious response to new research which is providing more support for an HIV prevention technique whereby men without HIV infection can take HIV medications to reduce the risk of any of the virus entering their bodies becoming an established infection.

Published
02 March 2015
From
GayNZ
HIV Prevention Cuts Medical Costs

Averting a single infection could save up to $338,000 over a lifetime.

Published
27 February 2015
From
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
US PEPFAR abstinence and faithfulness funding had no impact on sexual behaviour in Africa

Nearly US$1.3 billion spent on US-funded programmes to promote abstinence and faithfulness in sub-Saharan Africa had no significant impact on sexual behaviour in 14 countries in sub-Saharan

Published
26 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
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